Network 9 Family and Consumer Sciences

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ARC (Activities and Recreation Center)

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Interact with nine or more professionals from your field of interest.  Learn more about what they do, where they work, and how they got started - all at an event that's small enough to promote real conversations.

Professional Panel and Networking Reception

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

ARC (Activities and Recreation Center)

5:00 p.m. - Check-in and Pre-Networking

5:30 p.m. - Panel Presentation

6:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

Network with professionals from the following companies:



Jessica Althoff, Founder

Jessica Althoff is the founder of Future:Standard, an online ethical clothing and accessories boutique. She started Future:Standard after receiving her MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of San Diego. Future:Standard began out of a love for shopping but a sense of guilt over the way our clothing is created.  Ms. Althoff looks forward to a time when fair trade and environmentally friendly are the standard in the clothing industry. 

Rady Children's Hospital

Andie Frenken, BA, CCLS

As a Certified Child Life Specialist at Rady Children's Hospital, Andie Frenken has worked on the Hematology/Oncology unit the last five years serving children with cancer and blood disorders. In her role, Ms. Frenken promotes coping through play, preparation for procedures, new diagnosis education, and self expression activities.  She also works closely with siblings of hospitalized children helping to support them as they experience a life changing event.  Due to the population Ms. Frenken works with, she also provides bereavement support for patients and their families.  As a Child Life Specialist Ms. Frenken coordinates special events at the hospital with professional athletes, donors, and foundations such as Make-A-Wish. She finds her job incredibly rewarding.  Ms. Frenken is honored to care for these inspiring children and to learn from these "wise old souls."  Their outlook on life and their incredible strength and courage have touched her heart and forever changed her.

Wellness for Our Future

Carissa Iwamoto, R.D.N.

Carissa Iwamoto is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a unique background in higher education and hospitality. In 2009, Ms. Iwamoto began her pursuit of a second career in Nutrition and Dietetics while maintaining her full-time work in higher education. Now as a RDN, Ms. Iwamoto is enjoying a variety of entrepreneurial pursuits. She is currently building a website called Medical Menu Planning for clients who have been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, and/or kidney disease. This website will allow users to plan appropriate meals for the week and generate a grocery shopping list.

Additionally, Ms. Iwamoto is working as a School Nutrition Consultant for her business, Wellness for Our Future. Through this business, she assists private companies and school districts through the USDA menu approval process for the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast programs. Ms. Iwamoto also authors a blog titled Simple Changes for Life which encourages readers to find simple ways to make healthy choices in the kitchen. In her spare time, Ms. Iwamoto enjoys mentoring new dietetic interns and prospective dietitians. 

City Tree Christian School

Susan Kennedy, Principal

Susan Kennedy earned her B.A. in Combined Social Science in 1980 and a teaching credential in 1981 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1981 to 1987 she taught at Solvang Elementary School in Solvang, California. In 1985 Ms. Kennedy was granted a leave of absence from her teaching position to serve as a Mathematics Education Specialist in a program directed out of the University of California, Santa Barbara Mathematics Department and funded by a National Science Grant.

Ms. Kennedy married in 1979 and she ans her husband, Rick, moved to Indiana in 1987 where she taught until 1995 at North Harrison Elementary School, Ramsey.  In 1990 she earned a Masters in Education from Indiana University.  In 1995, her and her husband moved to San Diego.  Ms. Kennedy stayed at home with their children until 1998.  She came to City Tree Christian School to help for one year in an administrative transition. In 1999 she began teaching at City Tree, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, San Diego.  In 2000, she returned to administration at City Tree, first as an interim principal then as principal.  Rick and Sue have four children (Matthew b. 1989, Steven b. 1992, and Elizabeth b. 1995, Bariza b. 1998).

Eastgate Christian School

Alexia Matthew-Martin, Director

Alexia Matthew-Martin is an esteemed administrator and program Director at Eastgate Christian School at La Jolla Community Church.  As a member of her three-person administrative team, Ms. Martin oversees internal logistics and day-to-day operations. 

Ms. Martin holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Human Development from Point Loma Nazarene University.  With her ever growing passion for education and three years in educational leadership, she has already made an impact in the field through her notable manner of leading with love, operating in excellence, and engendering a Christ-centered community of educators.

Alvarado Hospital

Merri Metcalfe, RD, Clinical Dietitian

Merri Metcalfe graduated from PLNU in 2011 with a B.S. in Dietetics and went on to complete her dietetic internship at UCSD Medical Center.  She worked at the UCSD Weight Management Program shortly after completing her internship and is currently working at Alvarado Hospital as a clinical dietitian.  Some of her goals include creating a sustainable private practice and completing a graduate program in Exercise Physiology in the next five years.  Ms. Metcalfe's mission is to encourage others to nourish the body with intuitive eating and integrated activity, nourish the mind with open thought, and nourish the soul with enlightened relationships.  

City Tree Christian School

Daphney Michele, Preschool Director

Daphney Michele currently serves as the Preschool Director at City Tree Christian School, a private Christian School providing fully accredited education for children ages two through eighth grade, in Downtown San Diego.  She is a 2000 Graduate from PLNU with a degree in Family Life Services and is currently working towards her Master's Degree in Leadership & Organizational Studies at Azusa Pacific University.  Upon graduation from PLNU she began work as the Outreach Director for San Diego Discovery Center's Inc., a non-profit organization connected with the First Baptist Church in Ocean Beach (OB1 Church). This position focused on developing programs and building community partnerships with social service organizations and San Diego Unified School District to provide for unmet needs in the Ocean Beach community.  She also served as the Family & Children's Ministry Director for OB1 Church before moving into her latest position as Preschool Director at City Tree.  Ms. Michele is an active member of  the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.  She and her two children, Nathan (age 7) and Katy (age 5) live in Ocean Beach and love days at the beach and contined service at OB1 Church. 

J Hill Interior Designs

Jessica Tompane, Owner and Lead Designer

Jessica Tompane started J Hill Designs after realizing a large gap existed in the design industry, as the market consisted primarily of only high-end, luxury designers.  She came to the conclusion that design doesn’t have to be just high-end; but can also be practical. Ms. Tompane prides herself and the firm in being able to accomplish both practical designs and elite designs, with the goal to always be resourceful, creative and deliberate in how you design a space or a home. J Hill Interior Designs morph each design to the exact needs and desires of their clients. No project is ever the same.

Ms. Tompane received two degrees at the University of Colorado in Business Marketing and Spanish. After working in the advertising corporate world, she realized following her life-long passion for design could be attainable through a leap of faith and hard work. Ms. tompane began pursuing the technical education and experience in design prior to eventually starting JHID.

Through her technical education in interior drafting, interior computer modeling, sustainable design, commercial and residential codes, materials and resources, and design theory, she adds know-how to an innate sense of design. Ms. Tompane can accomplish literally any “style” or “look”, but personally loves the use of color, and believes that J Hill Interior Designs can always find inspiration through nature in any scheme.

Ms. Tompane and her husband currently reside in Point Loma, San Diego, CA. They are very active in their home church, and have a passion for God, life, family, friends and serving others.

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